March 2, 2013

NaCreSoMo #2: Mentorship & Magic

Next week I am required to turn in a draft of a mentorship proposal. This proposal will become the book I'll spend the majority of my time working on next semester, so it's not something to be taken lightly.

I am in a spot of bother for this assignment. Mostly it's because I'm chest-deep in my current WIP (NEEDS A BETTER CODE NAME) and I really don't want to think about another one right now, DARN IT!

Sadly, the syllabus dictates that I must. I have a few wisps of ideas floating around in my head, and I think I've decided to write something that will center largely around a magic academy of sorts (and, of course, the students that attend said academy). I ran into an immediate billion-dollar dilemma, however, packaged in the following two magic words: Harry Potter. The ultimate magic academy.

If I'm going to toss out a magic academy book, it's going to have to sparkle differently from all the other academies: Hogwarts, Wizard's Hall, Greenlaw College, etc. So I decided that the only thing to do was to study up on the (gulp) competition.

I started with Caroline Stevermer's A College of Magics. Honestly, I can't tell you how much I adore this book. (Actually, I can. Stay posted for a more in-depth review once I finally finish re-reading it.) I read this book for the first time...10 years ago? It was around that time. And boy oh boy has it stood up to the re-read. Everything is so clever! Inventive! Amazing! It's one of those books that I fall into so easily, losing awareness of everything that happens around me in favor of Faris and her happenings.

Have I learned some things to tuck into my own (future) WIP? Some. Mostly I've learned that this is a book that should get more attention. But I've also decided that there is going to have to be an arch-nemesis in my WIP (inspired loosely by Menary, of course). One of those girls who is awesome at being evil, so much so that you can't help but admire her even as you plot her accidental (but not really) demise.

So yeah. That's my (loosely-defined) creation of the day: arch-nemesis has now sprung into being. One hopes that a best friend follows soon thereafter.

10 comments:

  1. Hello, I am creeping on your blog via facebook! Have you read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo? It's a pretty standard magic academy book wrapped up in one of the most inventive fantasy worlds I have ever read (based on tsarist Russia). There's many ways to make a magic academy book stand out. That's why people are still writing/publishing/reading them! :)

    PS I share your sentiments about WIP v. Mentorship. How am I supposed to think about two things at once!?

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    1. Haha, I totally creep on your blog via facebook too so I guess we're even?

      I have read Shadow and Bone--for whatever reason, was not captivated by the writing, although I know a number of people who did really love it. I thought the magic system was really inventive though. Thanks for reminding me about it!

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    2. ah yeah, I fall into that "OHMYGOSHTHISISAMAZING!" category. I loved it. But I really do think the setting was what grabbed me on that one. So refreshing to see a fantasy not based on medieval Europe.

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    3. Undoubtedly. We need more of those!

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  2. Nice! That sounds pretty awesome. I look forward to reading about the development of this arch-nemesis.

    Also, hi Rebecca! :D

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    1. Hi! Haven't talked to you in foreverrrr! And hopefully my magic academy novel will in fact be entertaining and worthwhile...but I'm just going to have to wait and see...

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    2. Indeed, foreverrrrr! haha

      I'm sure it will be :)

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  3. I just want to say I was late in making yesterday's post because I was reading A College of Magics, all because of you. I really appreciate how nothing goes the way I expect it will and the DIALOGUE!! WHY HAVE I NOT FOUND THIS SOONER?? But really, I want to get to know this arch-nemesis of yours.

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    1. FARIS SQUEE! TYRIAN SQUEE! Oh man. Just (re) finished it myself this morning and was slain for a few hours there...

      I wish I'd written that book, honestly. But if I had, I wouldn't have gotten the experience of READING it like I did.

      You will be hearing more about the arch-nemesis as the time approaches. ;)

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    2. Also, I'm not sorry AT ALL that you were late because of reading A College of Magics. So there.

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